If convicted, individuals facing charges related to sex crimes are subject to some of the harshest of all penalties. In addition to serving time behind bars, upon being released from prison, individuals who are convicted of a crime that was sexual in nature are often forced to register with the state’s sex offender registry and comply with related laws.
Depending on the criminal charges of which an individual is convicted, he or she may be deemed either a level one, two or three sex offender. Those individuals who are required to register as level three sex offenders are believed to be the most dangerous and also the most likely to reoffend.
Upon registering as a sex offender, an individual must provide all personal identifying information including his or her name, known aliases and home and work addresses. Additionally an individual must submit to a photograph and provide information related to the offenses of which he or she was convicted. While currently, the sex offender registry information of only level two and three offenders is available to the public via the “sex offender internet database” or a printed report, this may soon change.
Recently, members of the state legislature’s Committee on the Judiciary began considering whether the personal identifying information of those individuals who must register as level one sex offenders should also be made available to the public. This change is being considered despite the fact that the state’s Sex Offender Registry Board has determined that a level one offender has a low reoffense risk and that “the degree of dangerousness posed to the public by that offender is not such that a public safety interest is served by public availability.”
For individuals who are facing criminal charges related to sexual offenses, the stakes are incredibly high. Being forced to register as a sex offender means that an individual must not only abide by a set of stringent and punitive restrictions for 20 or more years, but that he or she will also likely be shunned by family and friends and ostracized in the community. For these reasons, it’s important to turn to a criminal defense attorney who can defend one’s rights and fight to win a dismissal or reduction in these type so very serious criminal charges.
Source: WWLP-TV, “State lawmakers consider changes to the sex offender registry,” Tiffany Chan, Dec. 1, 2015
Center for Sex Offender Management, “Fifty State Survey of Adult Sex Offender Registration Requirements: Massachusetts,” Dec. 2, 2015
Mass.gov, “Levels of Sex Offenders,” Dec. 2, 2015